Well, yesterday was the big day: my first live radio show!
That picture was taken while I sat at a coffee shop next to the studio, about 30 minutes before air time.
I’ll just go ahead and admit that I was extremely nervous. Okay, “terrified” might be a better word. But then I sat in the chair at the studio, put on the headphones, heard the Gregorian chant / rap mashup, and I instantly relaxed. There were a couple of rough spots, but I had a blast with the show. I’m really looking forward to the next one!
(Right now there’s not a podcast that’s available to everyone, but if you’re a SiriusXM subscriber the show is available on demand.)
My guest on the show was Karen Hughes, an advisor to George W. Bush who gave one of the first press conferences on 9/11/01. Since yesterday was the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, we talked about her perspective as a White House insider on that terrible day.
One of the most fascinating things to come out of the interview was a moment she described from the morning of 9/11:
She had to go to the White House for a briefing, but it had been evacuated. She walked in — on a Tuesday morning — and the United States headquarters was empty. She called out “is anybody here?” into empty halls.
That moment of a silent, abandoned White House on Tuesday morning is a visual that will stick with me any time I think of 9/11.
The night before the show, I made these notes of sound effects to request from my producer. And I think this tells you pretty much everything you need to know about The Jennifer Fulwiler show:
Wow, we have a lot going on right now. We’re back in the swing of things with homeschool, I’m doing this radio show, we’re taking care of two dogs, I have the Washington DC book tour coming up, and a family health crisis has meant that Joe has been out of town a lot.
I’ve had a lot of “How do you do it all?!” questions recently, as if I’ve discovered the secret to managing that kind of workload while keeping my house running perfectly smoothly. Let me just tell you:
I’m behind on some important stuff, I stay up too late most nights, we’ve had homeschool days that were heavy on radio show management and light on math, and I’m about to give up on my email inbox altogether. The next time someone asks me how I do it all, I think I’ll just answer, “Badly.”
I need boy birthday party ideas! My oldest child turns 10 next weekend, and I’m at a loss for what to do. I can’t deal with hosting a party here at the house, yet I can’t spent hundreds of dollars renting out a fancy venue. Hit me with any creative ideas you have for cool, budget-friendly, out-of-the-house boy birthday parties!
A friend told me about this documentary called The Other F-Word, about punk rockers who become fathers:
Psst: Edel 2015 is officially happening. Dates, city, and other great details coming very soon!